Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally

Epsilon Theta Chapter has been issued a call by the current STTI President to Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, and Lead Globally. As a chapter will a long history of serving the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and the surrounding community. Our vision is to continue to work with our members and our community  uphold the honor society's mission of advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.

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Presidential Call to Action
Please follow this link to the webpage with a video of STTI President Hester Klopper's Call to Action presented at the 42nd Annual Biennial Convention in 2013. http://www.nursingsociety.org/aboutus/board/Pages/bio_klopper.aspx

Join the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA for the 43rd Biennial Convention, 7-11 November 2015!

Save the date for STTI’s largest event, featuring outstanding plenary speakers, networking opportunities, over 800 oral and poster presentations, and the opportunity to explore one of the most famous cities in the United States.

Registration information will be available soon.



What's New on the Epsilon Theta Circle?

Meet our New Vice President- LaTashia Kiel MSN, RN

LaTashia Kiel is a master’s prepared registered nurse who has taken an active role in saving the lives of many Americans for the past seven years at the Level 1 trauma center in Central Texas, University Medical Center at Brackenridge (UMCB). A twice graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Kiel received an initial degree in Nursing and went on to further her nursing education with a degree in Adult Health with a Focus on Teaching. Through her seven year career at UMCB, LaTashia has worked hard to learn all she could to help her patients, family members, and friends to achieve the most optimal health. She strongly believes that, “As Christians we are saved to serve, love, and have mercy on others.” She takes her job seriously and is often praised by her co-workers as someone who goes beyond the call of duty for others.

LaTashia married George Kiel in April 2012 and immediately fell in love with his family, including George’s lovely mother, Debra. Her untimely death devastated everyone and forced LaTashia to take on the role she has grown to love, nurse, friend, caregiver, with her own loved ones. While helping her own family cope with the trauma of losing its matriarch, she encouraged her husband to pursue his dream of hosting a basketball tournament about sneakers. She knew that through this event he could raise awareness about the disease, help others proactively care for their bodies, and teach the masses to avoid the deadly prognosis.

LaTashia is currently a charge nurse in the Emergency Department at UMCB, Vice President of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Epsilon Theta Chapter, Co-Founder and Director of Operations of the Kiel Colon Cancer Foundation and Kick & Roll Classic, and Leader of a Greater Mount Zion Marriage Ministry Prayer Circle.

​Share Your Volunteer Interests for the Chapter

Did you know that STTI has a system for sharing your volunteering interests at the local, regional, and international level? Go to http://membership.nursingsociety.org and click on VIProfile to share your interests. 

Check out our Spring 2015 Chapter Newsletter! 

Mark Your Calendars- Upcoming Chapter Events

Explore UT, March 7, 11-4pm at UT Austin
The Epsilon Theta chapter will be partnering with the UT College of Pharmacy and the UT School of Nursing for Explore UT. Our members will be providing health screenings and education for Austin community members at the event. We need members to volunteer for all or part of the event. Bring your family to the event as well to check out the offerings from schools across campus.  

Brown Bag Presentation, March 13, 11:30, UT School of Nursing, 4.176

Join us to hear Dr. Cherie Simpson share the current evidenced base practice for caring for patients with dementia. We will be providing 1 free CE for the event. Open to members and non-members. See the flyer here.

Region 6 Abstract Submission Deadline, March 17
Abstracts for poster presentation for Region 6 due. Information found here (ignore the deadline as our chapter has received special permissions for an extension).  

Project Collaborate at Vestido Rojo, April 4, 10am-3pm
Join us as we collaborate with the Association of Nurses in Graduate School and the UT College of Pharmacy to provide health screenings and education to local Austinites. Come for all or part of the event. Address: Shoal Crossing 8611 N Mopac Expy, Austin, TX 78759. The expected number of attendees is about 300 and we typically screen around 100+ for the event. We would need lots of Spanish translators.

Epsilon Theta Annual Business Meeting, April 7, 6 pm, School of Nursing, 4.183
Join us as for our annual business meeting. We will be sharing our accomplishments for the year and electing new officers. We hope to have everyone's voice heard.

Epsilon Theta Induction
, April 10, 6 pm, School of Nursing
Join us as we induct all of our new members into the Epsilon Theta chapter. We are so excited to welcome them and hope our active members can attend.

Region 6 Conference, April 17, Shreveport, LA

Region 6 of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society is holding a conference in Shreveport, LA on April 17. The Epsilon Theta Chapter from UTSoN will be assisting with the conference, and has received special permissions for an extended deadline for poster presentation abstracts. Information is attached (ignore the posted deadline), and abstracts are to be submitted by March 17. The cost for the conference is $15 for students and $85 for nurses. The conference is open to members and non-members of STTI. This is a great opportunity for you or your students to share current research with other researchers in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Any questions about the conference or abstract submission may be directed to me.

Click on the Quick Links on the right to find out more about us and see pictures from recent events!

Janis Carelock Excellence in Teaching Award and Scholarship

Donors: Wayne Carelock, Paul and Shearon Horton, Merrick and Katherine Meese, Amy Holland, Kenneth and Gloria Wagner, Harold and Anna Hans, Martha Meraviglia

In August 2013, the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing lost a premiere educator, Janis Carelock, after a courageous five year battle with cancer. During her tenure at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, Janis conveyed a passion for nursing and a determination to mold her students to be the best nurse possible. She was incredibly dedicated to her students and motivated them to achieve a level of nursing expertise that they themselves never thought possible.

Students often said that Janis was warm and caring, while also a little bit intimidating due to her intellect, incredible knowledge, and wealth of nursing experience. Even during her fight with cancer, Janis remained a dedicated educator, recording podcasts of her lectures from her hospital bed so that students would not fall behind on their learning. Any of Janis’ students will say that she was incredibly influential in helping them to become the nurse they are today. Her death marked a sad time for untold numbers of UT Nursing students, alumni, and faculty.

The Epsilon Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing wanted to honor the significant contribution Janis made to the nursing education by creating an Excellence in Teaching Award and a scholarship named in Janis’ honor.

The Excellence in Teaching Award will be presented to a faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing who, by student nomination, has proven themselves to be a dedicated and exemplary educator. Similarly, in order to acknowledge Janis’ unfailing commitment to her students, a scholarship fund has been created that will be awarded annually to a student member of STTI who demonstrates strong academic merit and a commitment to pursuing a career in nursing education.

In order to maximize the benefit of the Janis Carelock Scholarship, the Board of Directors of the Epsilon Theta Chapter is asking for donations that will be added to the scholarship fund. Our intention is that the scholarship will be a permanent award granted to one outstanding student annually.

If you or someone you know was strongly impacted by Janis, either as a student or professional, we ask that you please consider giving to this fund. We also ask that you widely distribute information about this call for contributions.

Please submit your donations in check form, made out to Epsilon Theta. Checks can be delivered to the front desk at the School of Nursing or sent via mail to: Linda Yoder, Treasurer, Epsilon Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, 1710 Red River, Austin, TX 78701

Thank you for helping us to memorialize Janis and to continue influencing the lives of students and recognizing dedicated educators in her honor.



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